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Born in Palatka, Florida, Leon Grimes (1899-1985) was 13 years old when his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. In his 1984 oral history interview, Grimes talks about his childhood in Palatka, his failure to complete school at Princess Anne Academy and move to Philadelphia in 1923, his gambling and the "sporting life" of South Philadelphia, racial taunts, and the discrimination he faced while working for Horn & Hardart.
Marie Mathis (1910 - 2005) was born and raised on a sharecropper’s farm near Greenwood, South Carolina, then moved north to Lebanon, Pennsylvania, with her parents in the early 1920s. Three years later they moved to Philadelphia. There, Mathis, then sixteen, dropped out of school to help support her family. Rather than do domestic work, she worked in tobacco factories for nine years and then in clothing factories until her retirement.